The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity created to provide access for private capital to enhance the City of Fort Worth’s delivery of library services for the benefit of the community. Contributions from Library Foundation donors ensure that these programs and services remain free to all the residents of Fort Worth.


The Library Foundation was founded in 1993 to address the physical needs of the Central Library. Following the initial successful campaign, Foundation leadership continued to raise money to supplement public funding of the library system. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million for building renovations, programming for children, teens, and adults, and technology enhancements for library services. As the population of Fort Worth grows, the need for private funding to supplement public funding continues.


The mission of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation is to benefit both the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings, and infrastructure improvements.


Libraries are a part of America’s tapestry and essential to the life of our community. Promoting early learning to lifelong learning, providing resources for job training and life skills, encouraging families through interaction, gathering our neighbors together for entertaining- libraries change, even transform lives.


The Foundation is grateful for the dedication of its staff and volunteer Board of Directors, who lead the way to make the Foundation’s work possible.


Andrea Ash
President & CEO

Andrea has a 20 year career in nonprofits and fundraising including DePaul University, American Red Cross, University of Michigan and most recently the YMCA. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan and Masters in Public Administration from DePaul University. Andrea is passionate about continuous learning, living on purpose, and pushing oneself beyond comfort zones. She believes that libraries are the gateway to the world.

Rachael Leventhal-Garnett
Director of Operations & Donor Relations

Rachael’s passion for libraries can be traced back to high school—where the quietly inspiring school library was her daily study space as well as favorite napping area. Rachael holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Texas. She is enthusiastic with an intrapreneurial spirit and likes getting people excited about the things she’s excited about. Right now, that’s everything to do with the Foundation and our city libraries!

Paula Tyler, Ph.D.
Youth Programming Coordinator

Dr. Tyler did her undergraduate and graduate work at Texas Christian University in English literature and has worked in schools for over forty years. She is overflowing with wisdom, wit and the desire to guide Fort Worth students in achieving their goals. Paula leads the LaunchPad college application program and the Children’s Author Series. She dedicates her time to supporting those yearning to learn in Fort Worth.

Tomaneka Smith
Operations Coordinator

Tomaneka is a former corporate ladder climber who took a leap of faith and landed happily at the Library Foundation. She assists with the day-to-day operations of the office and programs. Tomaneka enjoys helping others and loves all the amazing things the Library Foundation is doing for the Fort Worth community. She is a self-proclaimed thrifting fashionista and always wins the office best dressed award!

Olivia Upham
Marketing Coordinator

From a young age, Olivia always had her nose in a book. A Texas native, she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design from Baylor University. Olivia can be found running the Trinity Trails with her Goldendoodle, Pip, and training her horses in the equestrian sport of Dressage. She is drawn to the Library Foundation for its desire to spread the love of knowledge and grow the Fort Worth community.

Carol Lattimore
College Application Consultant

Board Officers

Mrs. Vianei Lopez Braun
Decker Jones

Mr. John McKenzie
Vice Chair

Raymond James

Mrs. Barbara Cordray

Community Volunteer

Mr. Jacob Smith
Luther King Capital Management

Mr. Jonathon Deweese
Asst. Treasurer
Luther King Capital Management

Board of Directors

Mr. Jonathan Berry
Covenant Insurance Solutions

Mr. Hayden Blackburn
Tech Fort Worth

Mr. Seth Burt
Desert Royalty Company

Mr. Carter Cook

Ms. Daris Frencha
LegalShield Business Solutions

Mr. Darien George
Mackenzie Eason

Mr. David Goodroe
Designs for Living

Mrs. Julia W. Huseman
Securities & Exchange Commission

Mr. Walter Littlejohn
The Fort Worth Club

Mr. Varun Mallipaddi
Frost Bank

Mr. Bond Malone
JPMorgan Chase Bank

Mr. Martin McDonald
Community Volunteer

Mrs. Karen S. Precella
Haynes & Boone, LLC

Mrs. Elena Yorio
Community Volunteer


Mrs. Judy Alton
Mr. Bill Booker
Mrs. Delores Buckalew
Dr. John Freese

Ms. Petra Grimes
Dr. Doug Harman
Mrs. Nancy Knight

Mr. Mike Price
Mrs. Linda Scroggie
Mrs. Ann Simms
Mrs. Priscilla Veeder